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The Machiavellian MomentFlorentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition$
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J. G. A. Pocock

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691172231

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691172231.001.0001

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Rome and Venice

Rome and Venice

A) Machiavelli’s Discorsi and Arte della Guerra

(p.183) Chapter VII Rome and Venice
The Machiavellian Moment

J.G.A. Pocock

Richard Whatmore

Princeton University Press

This chapter turns to Machiavelli's Discorsi (Discourses on the first Ten Books of Livy, 1531) and his Arte della Guerra (The Art of War, 1521). Drawing from this volume's overall inquiry into the “Machiavellian moment,” the chapter turns to the concept of virtue, from which it distinguishes two meanings: one of which has something to do with time while the other has something to do with the Aristotelian concept of form. In both of Machiavelli's writings under discussion, both these concepts are brought together. Moreover, the chapter analyzes these two works using the same conceptual framework that was used to interpret Il Principe.

Keywords:   Niccolo Machiavelli, Discorsi, Arte della Guerra, virtue, Il Principe, virtù, civic virtue, military virtue, Rome, Venice

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